Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ivey's Terrace

Review of Ivey's Terrace that was located in the downtown Charlotte location. Review is from April 1976. Click on the image for a larger view...

Cafe Eugene

Super write-up (and a pic of the sign!) of the legendary Cafe Eugene from around 1981. 

(Click on the review for a larger view)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Hardee's 1974

Nice ad from 1974 for the Charlotte-area Hardee's. Huskee Junior!

O'Neill's 1984

A few weeks late, but here's a super cool St Patrick's Day shirt from O'Neill's from 1984!

Click here for the original O'Neill's post. 

Burger Chef sign!

1973 press pic of the Park N Shop area of Wilkinson Blvd --- note the Burger Chef sign! The abandoned Park N Shop building still exists, but only trace of the Burger Chef building is long gone. 

Of note is that the Burger Chef building on Shamrock Dr (off of Eastway) is still alive and beautifully restored! The above two pictures were taken about a year ago -- the building is now home to a cell phone store.

All American Bar & Grill

Nice 1995 ad for All American Bar & Grill which was in Dilworth on Park Rd in the Martin Hardware building. The Wing Ranch's last location was there prior to All American. Ed's Tavern currently occupies this space.

Cafe Eugene

Nice ad from 1982 for the legendary Cafe Eugene. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ivey's Soda Shop and Harrill's Bar-B-Q

Some great late-50's pictures of Harrill's Bar-B-Q (top 2) and the Ivey's Soda Shop (bottom picture):

Click the pics for a larger view

Click here for the original Harrill's Bar-B-Q post and here for the original Ivey's Soda Shop post. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Dining Car

Most likely Charlotte's first food truck, "The Dining Car" was in operation in the early '80's and was owned by then-teenager Charles Denny. A one-man show, Charles was the owner, the driver, and the cook. Specializing solely in hot dogs, choices included the "Bo Derek" (practically nothing on it) to the "Gourmet Frank" (chili, slaw, and cheese).

***Click on the picture for a larger view***

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Business cards

Nice set of business cards of eateries from Charlotte's past. How many do you remember?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

White Horse on South Blvd!

See below for a clip from a wrestling parody video where a White Horse on the corner of South Blvd and Braibend Dr is visible. This is a block north of Woodlawn Rd. Video appears to be from the early '80's.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer of 1977

A look back at some of the popular eateries in Charlotte during the summer of 1977 - how many do you remember? Click on each ad for an enlarged view.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Happy Doughnut Day!

In honor of Doughnut Day, here are two great shots of Krispy Kreme's from Charlotte's past.

South Blvd - March 1963

Independence & Hawthorne

Courtesy of the UNC-C archives

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Pantry House

Not much information about this place but the vhf graphic is great! Much thanks to David over at Groceteria for finding this gem!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Greystone at Thanksgiving

Great Thanksgiving mid-70's shot from the Greystone Restaurant on South Blvd. 

Click here for the original Greystone post.

Thanks to Tommy for the pic!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lantana Restaurant

Super postcard shot of Latana's which was part of the Bradley Motel. Located at Little Rock Rd and the I-85S Service Road, Latana's enjoyed some popularity boost in the mid-90's when the Observer deemed it the best burger in town.

Jerry's Drive-In

1962 ad for Jerry's Drive-In. Eventually Athen's would occupy this site. The land is currently vacant pending expansion from CPCC.

Click here for an earlier post on Charlotte drive-ins and here for the Athen's post which showcases a picture of Jerry's.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Shaft

UNCC alumni will recognize this picture of The Shaft which was located on Old Concord Rd just minutes from campus. Check out that phone number! This pic is from 1989.

Photo courtesy the Clt Obs archives

Fat Tuesday's

Fat Tuesday's was an early forerunner in the revitalization of downtown Charlotte. Opened in the late '80's, it was located at the City Fair shopping complex. Famous for their colorful wall of frozen drinks, Fat Tuesday's was initially a huge hit. Both City Fair and Fat Tuesday's would both close in the early '90's, victims of being too early in the downtown resurgence.

Photo is from 1989 - courtesy the Clt Obs archives.

***As always -- click on the photo for a larger view***

S & W's Silver Grill

Amazing shot of the Silver Grill at Charlottetown Mall. The Silver Grill was operated by the S & W Cafeteria which was directly upstairs. 

Click here for the original S & W Cafeteria post.

Photos courtesy The Clt Obs archives

***Click on pics for a larger view***

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kuester's Dining Room

Nice ad from 1955 for Kuester's Dining Room.

Please let us know if you have any information or memories of this eatery.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Stamey's - 1974

Wonderful interior shot of Stamey's from 1974.

Click here for the original Stamey's post.

Picture courtesy of the Clt Observer

Venus Diner

Amazing picture of the Venus Restaurant (commonly called the Venus Diner) sign on East Blvd from 1974.

Picture courtesy of the Clt Observer

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pedro's Pt III

Some amazing color shots of Pedro's as well as the front of a menu. Enjoy!

Please click here for the original Pedro's post and here for an update.

As always - click on each picture for a larger view.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Tom Cat Lounge

1966 ad for The Tom Cat Lounge that was at 1831 South Blvd in Dilworth. The address is currently occupied by a Dunkin' Donuts (though the original building was torn down years ago).

Heart of Charlotte Motor Inn

My aunt and uncle stayed at the Heart of Charlotte Motor Inn on August 3rd, 1963 on their wedding night. See below for the awesome breakfast menu as well as the stationary they saved.

Menu cover

Breakfast menu

Stationary envelope

Stationary letterhead

***Click on pictures for an enlarged view***

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Babe Maloy's Drive In

Amazing ad for the legendary Babe Maloy's Drive In from 1962. Famous for their "Chicken n the Rough" fried chicken. Babe's was located on Independence Blvd across from the Coliseum. 

Eli's on East **HALL OF FAME EATERY**

Summer 1985

Bob and Karen Smoots - 1984


1985 ad for the side catering business

Eli's on East opened at 311 East Blvd in August of 1981 by owners Bob and Karen Smoots. Bob Smoots had worked through the late '60's and early '70's as director of food service for the Stuckey's Restaurant chain and spent the latter part of the '70's as a partner of Saucy Crepe restaurants (which had two popular locations in Charlotte) before he and his wife opened Eli's. 

Located in a two-story house built in 1910, the restaurant had kept the original fireplaces, moldings, and beveled glass on the front mirror and flooring. The restaurant had three separate and intimate dining rooms, an attractive Casablanca-type bar, and a glassed-in-lattice-work porch with hanging ferns. Eli's Southern gourmet menu was famous for their Sunday brunches (an oddity in Charlotte during the '80's), steak au poivre, Cobb salads, and especially their homemade peanut butter pie.

The Smoots would own Eli's until May 1986 when they sold to Stuart Smith (who also owned Barley & Rye at the time). Eli's would eventually close in 1990. 

The classic turn-of-the-century house has been to home to several restaurants since then - Rumpleman's (1991-94), Castaldi's (opened March 1994), Zanzibar Hardwood Grille (opened Aug 28, 2000), Vittorio's (opened Fall 2001),  Giovanni's (opened 2003) and currently, Copper (opened June 2005).

On a side note, the house has been reported as being haunted by several spirits. Novelist Carson McCullers lived there in the late-30's and it was a boarding house for decades. WBTV ran a special on the hauntings at the house in the late-90's. Though no spirits were seen or heard on the special, restaurant workers have reported odd happenings and noises at the house for decades.